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Wat Chaiwattanarm

Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Ranked #1 of 32 Attractions in Ayutthaya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Owner description: Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The ruins of Wat Chaiwattanarm is pehaps the most impressive among the many wat in Ayutthaya. Although not as impressive as the ruins clusters of that from Angkor Wat in Cambodia, visitors to this site will find the temple architecture to be quite close to it. Well preserved, the ruins are extremely photogenic, given its scenic location beside the river... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I took one full day to visit Wat Chai Mongkol and Wat Chaiwattanaram in the Ayutthaya Historic Park. You woulldn't believe that I walked to these two temples which were located at the furthest corners from the center of Ayutthaya. Wat Chai Mongkol was in the north eastern tip of Ayutthaya while Wat Chaiwattanaram was in the southern west tip... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The site is so large it reminded me of British ruined castles. Nice mix of impressive structures and quiet reflective spaces. Would be difficult to take a bad photo here. Tip: arrive early in the morning so you can catch cooler weather and angled light, and avoid most of the day-trip coaches from Bangkok.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

In my opinion this Wat is probably the best in Ayutthaya. We got there by longtail boat so probably one of the best ways. When it comes into sight you know you are in for a treat. This was our first site when we got to Ayutthaya so we were overwhelmed with ruins and restoration. When you consider how old... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We traveled Ayuthaya by chartering an INNOVA for 1800 Baht...This Wat takes us back to ancient Thai culture...The ruins are well maintained.

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Port Elizabeth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I love old things and places. This is a special one. The ruins feel like a very spiritual place. It's quiet and peaceful. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely try to get here.

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Phang Nga, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We made a boattrip at 4 pm. We visited three nice temples, really worth the 20 minutes each we got! The last temple was this one. Just before sunset, arriving from the riverside it is a different experience! The most beautiful -or at least one of the most beautiful- complex in Ayutthaya. Can be visited by bike, tuk tuk, trip.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A must-see place other than Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. The site is located to the south of the city but it is a worthwhile stopover. This place is a treasure trove filled with a wealth of history. Open daily from 8.30 am - 4.30 p.m. I would recommend you to go... More

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a bit away from the city but quite peaceful and nice. We made the mistake of going here around mid-day and it was really hot. So if you visit please go earlier in the day or late afternoon. Must visit if you are in Ayutthaya.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Our day tour visited the Ayutthaya site where we learned about the once capital of Thailand. It was sad to see that some of the structures had been damaged by the 2010 major floods that hit Thailand for many months, when they subsided a few of these were now at a lean and needed support, so glad not lost. My... More

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